On April 6, the four students who attended the G-RIPS program 2016 at the ZIB MODAL RailLab met again at the "7th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis (RailLille)" in Lille to present their work on "Conflict-Free Railway Track Assignment at Depots". During their 8 week internship at Zuse Institute in 2016 the students worked with real world data from European railway operators to develop algorithms that park as many trains as possible in a yard without any shunting operations.
On March 9th, researchers from Zuse Institute Berlin, TU Darmstadt, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, and RWTH Aachen released the new version of the SCIP Optimization Suite 4.0.0. SCIP is currently one of the fastest non-commercial solvers for mixed-integer programming (MIP) and mixed-integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) that can be studied in source code.
On March 27th Scientific Reports published the article "Two-dimensional electronic spectra of the photosynthetic apparatus of green sulfur bacteria" (Scientific Reports, vol 7:45245 (2017), [http://www.nature.com/articles/srep45245]).
Ein Artikel aus dem Tagesspiegel vom 22. Februar 2017
Mathematik erlebt einen Aufschwung in der Stadt. Nirgends sind Forscher und Institute so gut vernetzt, leben vom Wettbewerb der Ideen. Hier entstehen die Bilderwelten Hollywoods – und Moleküle, die es noch gar nicht gibt
Von Kai Müller
On March 3rd Science published the article "A nontoxic pain killer designed by modeling of pathological receptor conformations" (Science, 355(6328):966-969, March 2017). It is about the application of a ZIB method for designing a drug candidate for pain therapy. Four members of the Computational Molecular Design group of Marcus Weber at ZIB provided the corresponding computational results.
The Computational Molecular Design at ZIB group successfully designed a pain killer without side effects. After the pre-clinical trials at Charité, this drug candidate is now ready for clinical trials. The company DoloPharm UG, which searches for venture capital providers to finance these trials, won the 3rd price of the Berlin-Brandenburg Business Plan Wettbewerb 2017 on February 23rd.
On March 3rd scientists and company representatives from Arizona State University, COIN-OR, FICO, Gurobi, IBM, Lehigh University, MathWorks, MOSEK, NTT Data, RWTH-Aachen, SAS, MODAL SynLab, TU Berlin, and ZIB joined efforts to build the next version of the Integer Programming LIBrary - MIPLIB 2017.
Das BMBF hat ein neues Internetportal für die Förderinitiative „Forschungscampus - öffentlich-private Partnerschaft für Innovationen“ veröffentlicht, das unter der Adresse http://www.forschungscampus.bmbf.de aufgerufen werden kann.
Hospitals are constantly optimizing their workflows to provide high-quality medical services at affordable costs. However, due to the difficulty to predict precise surgery durations, unforseen complications, and the occurrence of emergencies, it can happen that resources are unavaible or that even scarce resources are sometimes idle. Can one decrease delays, improve the quality of service, and cut costs by data analysis and mathematical optimization? Exactly this is the mission of the project "Information-based Optimization of Surgery Schedules".